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Hiatus, commodification, elearning, and Pittsburgh

So as not to disappoint the 350 or so people/bots that visit this blog regularly looking for (if usage statistics are any indication) either “Strangers” by The Kinks, Voltron t-shirts (have I really posted on five times in five years on Voltron? egad), or He-Man textual analysis, I am working on a project for coursework at the University of Edinburgh and so will be incognito for a spell (next couple of weeks, probably).

For any elearners/teacher/education types floating around out there, I will be posting the project to this blog as a separate page (the page is already there, although it is password protected at this stage). So if you are glutton for punishment and really love education, you can read about some interesting things like the commodification of learning, individualization of pedagogy, and institutional invigoration. And those are only the big words I can remember. There are bound to be more.

I leave you with a picture of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, my favorite little big city in the world. It is a lovely view from atop Mt. Washington looking into the city. Thank you again, Wikipedia.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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